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Manchester United: Marcos Rojo thinking about leaving Old Trafford this summer

Manchester United: Marcos Rojo thinking about leaving Old Trafford this summer - Manchester United

Manchester United centre-back Marcos Rojo is considering his future at Old Trafford, according to reports from ESPN.

The Argentine defender is said to have impressed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in both training and after playing 45 minutes in the club’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Shanghai.

Rojo has three years left on his contract and is said to be considering his future after fears he could fall down the pecking order at the club next season.

According to ESPN, there is interest from clubs in Italy, France, Germany, and Spain for the services of the 29-year-old.

The news should come as no surprise when you consider Manchester United’s options at centre-back for next season. The Old Trafford giants have as many as six centre-backs in the squad in Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, and Rojo himself.

Rojo made just eight appearances last season as his campaign was hampered by injuries. Indeed, the World Cup finalist was out for over four months last season with multiple injuries to his knee and Match of the Day pundits (via Football.London) Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy did criticise him for a reckless challenge against Chelsea in April.

With Rojo proving injury prone last season and the club having sufficient numbers to cover for his loss, it would seem that losing the defender isn’t a problem especially considering the club’s reported pursuit of England international Harry Maguire. In terms of bodies, the Red Devils do seem to have enough to cope should he depart.

While blaming the club’s poor defensive showing solely on Rojo would perhaps be too much considering the fact the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were also criticised as the Red Devils conceded 54 goals in the Premier League alone, his lack of impact last season (albeit somewhat injury-enforced) suggests his place in the team is far from assured.

If the club were to spend big money on the aforementioned Maguire (they’ve already had a £70m bid rejected according to the BBC), it’s not hard to imagine the Argentine falling even further down the pecking order, so his departure is seemingly unlikely to have a great effect next season.

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